you see aircrafts, runway and if you turn this way, you can see how close the residential area of okinawa is to the space. in 1996, the u.s. agreed to return the futenma site to japan. masahide ota was okinawa's governor then. >> i was so happy, and -- but after one year or so, i was told that the, even though they would return the futenma marine corps air base, they need to leave an occasional site to within okinawa. >> reporter: within okinawa? >> within okinawa. so i was very much discouraged. >> reporter: the japanese and the u.s. governments agreed to move the base to henoko in northern okinawa.